Govt. to implement a tree-planting programme coinciding with Independence Day

The State Ministry of Defense, Home Affairs and Disaster Management says that steps have been taken to implement a tree planting programme covering all Grama Niladhari Divisions through all District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries of the country to coincide with the 73rd Independence Day celebrations on February 04, 2021.

Accordingly, the State Ministry of Public Administration has requested all Heads of State Institutions to launch a programme to plant mee, kohomba and kumbuk saplings in public places or private lands with space and to plant fruit or medicinal plants or medicinal plants in every home garden.

The State Department of Defense, Home Affairs and Disaster Management has directed that planting of saplings in every public place, in every state premises and in every house should be considered as a national interest on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day and one person should be appointed to look after the planted saplings and to supervise them afterwards.

All District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and Grama Niladharis are requested to contact government agencies such as the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Irrigation, Ministry of Mahaweli Development Authority, Department of Forest Conservation as well as private institutions interested in this endeavor.

Relevant officials have been further instructed to follow the health rules issued by the health sector to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in organizing this programme and to seek the support of voluntary youth, adult and women and children’s organizations.